After struggling to find the bottom of the net for the first 15 minutes of game action on Saturday afternoon, the Harvard men’s basketball team pulled away from Cornell, 74-55, in the day’s first Ivy League Tournament semifinal. Sophomore forward Seth Towns led all scorers with 24 points while classmates Christian Juzang and Chris Lewis combined for 28 on 11-of-19 shooting.
Two last second three-point attempts came up short as the Harvard men’s basketball team fell to second-seeded Penn, 68-65, in Sunday’s Ivy League Tournament championship game.
Most pundits would agree that neither Penn nor Harvard would be described as great, but neither ball club deserves a 16-seed next week. Hopefully, the committee will be tuned into ESPN2 on Sunday afternoon.
Despite a blowout loss to the Aggies on Sunday, the Crimson was able to split a doubleheader on Saturday, losing on a walk-off in the first game before a three-run ninth inning lifted the visitors to victory in the nightcap. Overall, the Crimson left New Mexico with three more losses in addition to a win.
Here is a breakdown of all 16 possible scenarios for the four Ivy League men's basketball contests tonight and their consequences for next weekend's Ivy League Tournament.
It took double overtime, but the Harvard men’s basketball team was able to top Cornell, 98-88, on Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. With the Crimson’s win and Penn’s loss at Yale, Harvard will have the opportunity to secure the Ivy League’s regular season title and the top seed in next weekend’s conference tournament with a win over Columbia on Saturday night.
While the Crimson (15-11, 10-2 Ivy League) is locked into a top two seed in next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament, both of New York’s Ivy League teams have much to play for this weekend.
Harvard’s roster has combined for 44.1 percent of the Crimsons points and, as is the case for most teams, the forwards for Tommy Amaker’s team take care of the majority of the team’s rebounding needs.
The Harvard men's basketball team led for a mere 37 seconds of regulation, but the Crimson dominated the overtime session to top Princeton, 72-66, on Friday night at Jadwin Arena.
Much like in its last battle with the Bulldogs, Harvard came out fast and rode a strong first half to victory. However, unlike in the first meeting, Yale was never able to get within striking distance after the break. Four Harvard players were in double figures and the team shot a blistering 46.3 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs scored just 49 points to mark their fewest in a game this year.
Harvard and Yale have a burgeoning rivalry on the hardwood, fueled by high-stakes games and recent stacked recruiting classes for both teams.
A career day from sophomore forward Chris Lewis propelled the Harvard men’s basketball team to a 76-67 win over Penn on Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion. The Alpharetta, Ga., native finished the contest with 25 points and five rebounds to cap off a weekend in which the Crimson topped two of the Ivy League’s top teams in less than 24 hours.
PRINCETON AT HARVARD “I don’t know how you draw it up any worse than that.” Those were Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s words following this game last year. You can hardly blame him—the Crimson lost this one despite being up three with the ball with 34 seconds to go. We won’t delve into the details, but needless to say, mistakes were made.
Despite a career-high 31 points from sophomore forward Seth Towns, Harvard fell to Columbia on the road for its first Ivy League loss of the season. The Crimson made 16 three-pointers but was outscored 48-35 in the second half.
Harvard sits in first place in the Ivy League and has won its last four conference contests, a far cry from its 1-5 mark to begin Ancient Eight play in 2015-2016. Our picks heading into this weekend's Ivy League match ups: